“Carol Merrill’s tribute to Georgia O’Keeffe is poems in the shape of finely rendered sketches, some of them even paintings. These intimate images convey the delicate and tough shape of O’Keeffe’s final years in New Mexico.”—Joy Harjo, author of She Had Some Horses
In 1973 Georgia O’Keeffe employed C. S. Merrill to catalog her library for her estate. Merrill, a poet who was a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, was twenty-six years old and O’Keeffe was eighty-five, almost blind, but still painting. Over seven years, Merrill was called upon for secretarial assistance, cooking, and personal care for the artist. Merrill’s journals reveal details of the daily life of a genius.